"I'm originally from Nicaragua, Central America. I've been living in Texas for 14 years. One of my greatest challenges living out here was trying to fit in. Coming here I didn't speak English at all. Now I barely speak Spanish and my mother hates that (laughs). I still have my accent but when I came here my accent was super strong. So it was hard to fit in going to elementary school having all of your classmates laugh at you because of your accent. It's like they didn't understand what it was like changing from your home to living here. And the education here is so different.
One of my greatest fears is (and I'm pretty sure everyone has this) failure. I have to be a certain way. If not, I'll disappoint my parents. They worked so hard to get me in the position I'm in now. They worked hard to get me into a great college in Houston. So if I fail, it's like I'll be a failure to them. Trying to make myself happy and make them happy at the same time is really really hard..."- Yalixia Abaca